And how do I get there? I know that the real me is my true Buddha nature, the divinity* within me. I have renounced my ego-mind; I have said, "Not me!" to all the feelings and perceptions that are the result of my mind's reaction to my life experiences and are the cause of my suffering. I have shone the light and love of my true Buddha nature on my trauma, embraced it, and so all the negative energy that has flowed from that trauma during my life is dissolved, dissipated. And for good measure, I bury my trauma and my tortured child's soul with compassion, laying it to rest.
At the same time I embrace my true Buddha nature. I have returned home and will always return home to my true Buddha nature. And so true faith pervades my mind, I know I have everything I need inside myself to be at peace and happy. All's self-revealing and clear without exerting power of mind.
When I am in that space, I know that I will be ok, regardless what the universe provides – when, how, where – because I have returned home and will always return home, sustained by the love of Buddha nature within me, the source of my supply, and so experience abundance and light, peace and equanimity, happiness and contentment, faith and strength.
And so nothing offends. All internal and external struggles cease to be. Free of mental obstructions, I experience all things with dispassion, free of labels and emotions, but aware and knowing that things are the way they are because it's just the way it is. And so my mind rests undisturbed. And when my mind rests undisturbed, nothing offends. No thing can give offense. I know that I have everything I need inside myself to be at peace and happy. And make the choice to allow nothing to disturb that peace and happiness.
I know I have nothing to prove. My only purpose in life is to offer myself and others joy. And I offer myself joy be cherishing each moment, grateful for being alive; being in touch with the positive energy in my heart, my faith; releasing all desire for my life to be different in any way from the way it is right now at this moment; being aware of all that I am grateful for; and loving myself unconditionally and having compassion for myself.
And I know that all I need to be at peace and happy is to offer myself and others joy. To be in the company of loved ones and friends. Respect my mind. Respect my body. Be in touch with nature. Live within my means. And be one with the presence of Buddha, my divinity, within me, the source of my supply.
I affirm these truths every day, reminding myself, because only by constant awareness of the truth can one overcome the challenges of living in the world man has created and of living with the trauma of one's past.
I always used to wonder when I started the spiritual path why monks and holy men spend hours every day in meditation. If you've reached that point in your spiritual practice, why is there this need? I used to think it was a way of distancing themselves from the world. But I know now that it is because only through constantly reminding oneself of the truth of one's true nature and divinity that one can face life with a smile in one's heart.
May you too experience peace and happiness.
For those readers confused or troubled by my reference to the divinity within me, see my post, "Buddhism and the Divine. "